or o·chre

[ oh-ker ]

  1. any of a class of natural earths, mixtures of hydrated oxide of iron with various earthy materials, ranging in color from pale yellow to orange and red, and used as pigments.

  2. the color of this, ranging from pale yellow to an orangish or reddish yellow.

  1. Obsolete. money, especially gold coin.

  1. of the color of ocher.

verb (used with object),o·chered, o·cher·ing.
  1. to color or mark with ocher.

Origin of ocher

1350–1400; Middle English oker<Old French ocre<Latin ōchrā<Greek ṓchrā yellow ocher

Other words from ocher

  • o·cher·ous, o·cher·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for ocher


/ (ˈəʊkə) /

noun, adjective, verb
  1. the US spelling of ochre

Derived forms of ocher

  • ocherous or ochery, adjective
  • ochroid (ˈəʊkrɔɪd), adjective

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